The NCRCDC supports, develops and creates programs involving natural resources and sustainability in the North Coast. Our mission is broad, and new programs are being developed to nimbly address emerging issues. For example, the need for diverse projects to address fire recovery and resiliency actions since the horriric fires of 2017, have caused the NCRC&DC to develop a new Fire Resiliency program that varies from innovative ways to address brush control to developing community connections with restoring a burned drinking water supply watershed. Opportunities for timely pivoting to address emerging community needs are constant in these challenging times.
- Our Bee Patches program is a catalyst for change with the goal of healthy pollinator habitat being embraced at all levels of our community. This program raises awareness about pollinator protection, increases outdoor activities with youth, connects youth to local agriculture, and plants more natural habitat.(see beepatches.org)
- Our Rain Catchers program is an education and action program promoting water conservation through collection of roof top run-off into storage tanks for later dryseason irrigation. Our message is that every drop counts as we build rainwater harvesting systems at schools and engage youth in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) water conservation learning inside and outside the classroom. (see raincatchers.info)
- Our Worm Wizards program is a vermiculture waste-to-compost program working with schools to help them divert their food wastes from landfills to onsite bins with that recycle the waste into rich compost material. Our message is that the best recyclers are the littlest creatures as we increase recycling literacy at schools, give youth a way to address climate change, and help build an environmentally focused community. (see wormwizards.org)
- Our Cultivating Commerce program works to foster local sustainable agriculture and resilient communities in the north coast. We support business training for farmers and ranchers, foster sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and help with fire resiliency efforts in our rural communities. (see cultivatingcommerce.org)